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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Pare Gains After President Trump's Speech

    01-20-2017 02:35 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds started off on a strong footing Friday but quickly trimmed early morning gains as President Donald Trump made his inaugural speech. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY),...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Dip Ahead of Trump's Swearing-in

    01-19-2017 01:46 PM by Max Chen

    After a strong rallying follow the presidential elections, U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds are stuck in tight range and even weakened as investors pared down bets ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday. The S&P 500 Index, along with relat...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Flat as Political Risk Keeps a Lid on Markets

    01-18-2017 01:43 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. markets and stock exchange traded funds were mixed Wednesday as investors weighed the prospects of a strong earnings season against the political uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&...

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  • Passive, Low-Cost ETFs Attract Record Inflows

    01-17-2017 02:42 PM by Max Chen

    Exchange traded fund providers are attracting record inflows as more investors look to low-cost, passive index-based products to track market moves. BlackRock Inc., the world's largest asset manager and largest ETF provider, is experiencing record cash inflows, bringing in $14...

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  • Earnings Growth Could Help Sustain U.S. Stock ETF Rally

    01-17-2017 02:02 PM by Max Chen

    The S&P 500 is expected to reveal positive earnings growth for the fourth quarter, supporting further strength in U.S. stocks and related exchange traded funds. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Advance as Banks Kick Off Earnings Season

    01-13-2017 01:44 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds regained their footing Friday, strengthening on the fourth quarter earnings outlook, with financial shares rising after three of the largest American lenders revealed results. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds includi...

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  • U.S. Stocks, ETFs Stumble Ahead of Q4 Financial Earnings Report

    01-12-2017 05:09 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds retreated Thursday ahead of the start of earnings report from some of the largest banks of Wall Street. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ET...

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  • Trump Comments Shake U.S. Stocks, ETFs

    01-11-2017 01:41 PM by Max Chen

    President-elect Donald Trump made his first formal news conference, churning financial markets and U.S. stock exchange traded funds. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV)...

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  • Financials, Industrials Help U.S. Market ETFs Maintain Momentum

    01-10-2017 01:47 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds bounced higher Tuesday as financials and industrials took charge. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Ind...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Dip as Energy Drags on Markets

    01-09-2017 01:43 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds retreated Monday as falling crude oil prices hit the energy sector, but technology stocks remained one area that avoided the storm. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY),...

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  • U.S. Markets, Stock ETFs Slip As Traders Turn Cautious

    01-05-2017 01:55 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded fund pulled back Thursday as bank stocks dropped the most since September and consumer discretionary names retreated on concerns over major retailers. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF...

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  • Consumer Stocks Help Push S&P 500 ETFs Toward Record Highs

    01-04-2017 08:10 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and S&P 500 related exchange traded funds are nearing record highs yet again as consumer cyclical stocks help support the gains. The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 E...

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  • CNBC Year-End ETF Wrap Up with Tom Lydon

    12-30-2016 04:18 PM by ETF Trends

    ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon just joined CNBC at the closing bell to talk about all the woes and joys that exchange traded funds experienced through 2016. There are now 1,960 U.S.-listed exchange traded products with $2.550 trillion in net assets under management after the E...

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  • Most Popular & Most Hated ETFs of 2016

    12-29-2016 05:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    The year 2016 has been filled with great oscillations as investors were taken on a wild ride, with some markets and exchange traded fund standing out from the rest. There are now 1,960 U.S.-listed exchange traded products with $2.550 trillion in net assets under management aft...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Are Global Winners

    12-29-2016 02:30 PM by Max Chen

    Ever since the presidential elections, the S&P 500 and U.S. stock exchange traded funds have unexpectedly pulled ahead of their global peers. After global benchmarks mostly rallied in unison over the past five years, U.S. markets are enjoying a sudden lead in the ongoing b...

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  • ETF Investors Look Complacent with VIX at Lowest in Over a Year

    12-21-2016 02:23 PM by Max Chen

    The CBOE Volatility Index-related exchange traded funds are breaking down to new lows, with the VIX hitting its lowest in over a year, reflecting an increasingly complacent equities market. Over the past three months, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures ETN (NYSEArca:...

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  • U.S. Stock ETFs Retreat After Record Defying Rally

    12-14-2016 05:30 PM by Max Chen

    U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds declined in volatile action late Thursday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in a decade. On Thursday, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vang...

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  • November Was a Huge Month for U.S. Stock ETFs

    12-01-2016 05:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    After diving into bonds in a year of rising uncertainty, exchange traded fund investors finally shifted gears and turned to riskier stocks over November on increasing bets that President-elect Donald Trump could fuel economic growth. Small-capitalization stock ETFs were a ...

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  • How Market, Stock ETFs Will React After the Election

    11-04-2016 04:02 PM by Max Chen

    Election day is right around the corner. How will the equities markets and stock exchange traded funds react to a new administration? So far, U.S. stocks have been gripped with volatility ahead of a contentious presidential election. Over the past month, the SPDR S&P 500 E...

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  • September ETF Flows Reveal Investors' Preference for U.S., EM Stocks

    10-06-2016 05:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Equities recovered from a slight pullback and stuck to range bound trading for most of September, but investors still piled into stocks as traders positioned for continued growth ahead. The Real Estate Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLRE) stood out in September, gaining $3...

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  • Which S&P 500 ETF Is Right For You?

    09-30-2016 06:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors have a number of ways to track the S&P 500 Index, but each option shows small differences that can produce different results. For starters, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) is the largest ETF and the first U.S.-listed ETF to hit the m...

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  • Emerging Market ETF Investments Were a Big Theme in August

    09-01-2016 05:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a month marked by flat U.S. markets, with thin and narrow trading, exchange traded fund investors sought out areas of higher return, targeting emerging market assets over August. Among the most popular ETF trades, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: EEM) and Va...

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  • Revenue Growth Driving Markets, S&P 500 ETFs Higher

    08-01-2016 02:50 PM by Max Chen

    The S&P 500 and index-related exchange traded funds have been making new highs as U.S. companies are on track to report year-over-year growth in revenues for the first time since 2014. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NY...

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  • July ETF Flows Show Investors Turned Risk-On

    08-01-2016 08:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many expected a post-Brexit environment would weigh on sentiment and push investors toward safer assets. However, exchange traded funds that track stocks and riskier assets continued to draw investors over July, with the S&P 500 and emerging market exposure among the stand...

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  • Despite Swings, Stock ETF Outlook Still Looks Strong

    07-07-2016 03:57 PM by Max Chen

    While the markets have been weighed down by various uncertainties, stock exchange traded funds may still strengthen as many still expect the S&P 500 to maintain its momentum, with the health care sector leading the charge. Industry analysts in aggregate predict the S&P...

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  • ETF Investors Jumped Into Gold, Value Plays Over June

    07-05-2016 06:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a month dominated by speculation over Brexit vote, exchange traded fund flows over June revealed that investors hedged riskier equity bets with gold and low volatility options. Gold ETFs have been the shining asset category of the year and June inflows showed that the preci...

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  • S&P 500 ETFs Are Exposed to Currency Risks, Strong USD

    06-28-2016 03:21 PM by Max Chen

    As we head toward the third quarter and the start of the earnings season, a strengthening U.S. dollar could weigh on S&P 500 and large-cap exchange traded funds that have exposure to multi-national companies with a global footprint. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (...

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  • How U.S. Stock ETFs Stack Up to Brexit Concerns

    06-22-2016 04:00 PM by Max Chen

    If the United Kingdom decides to break off from the European Union, stock exchange traded funds investors may be better off sticking to U.S. markets and related exchange traded funds. "All you can do here in the United States, given the low level of interest rates, is go to th...

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  • Actively Managed Funds Continue to Lag Indexing, Passive ETFs

    06-03-2016 03:38 PM by Max Chen

    The ongoing underperformance in actively managed mutual funds is triggering a shift in the fund industry toward cheaper, passive index-based exchange traded funds. The S&P Global Market Intelligence's Mutual Fund Research Group revealed that only 437 of 2053, or 21%, large...

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  • ETF Flows Show Investors Are Riding the Stock Market Rebound

    04-29-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a tumultuous start to the year, exchange traded fund investors have been easing back into the riskier segments of the market, focusing on income generation and some more defensive strategies that may keep the edge off their stock plays. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca...

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  • Stock ETFs Are Rebounding. Now What?

    04-18-2016 05:21 PM by Max Chen

    The equities market and stock exchange traded funds are recovering. While some have reservations on the extent of the recovery, the stock market may still has legs. S&P 500 index-related ETFs, including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF...

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  • Money Managers Fuel ETF Industry's Rapid Growth

    03-24-2016 05:31 PM by Max Chen

    Institutional investors could help run the next leg of growth in the exchange traded fund industry as more capitalize on the flexibility and low costs of the relatively new investment vehicle. Large investors including pension funds and insurers are beginning to shift away fro...

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  • Passive ETFs Beating Active Stock Pickers

    02-29-2016 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many believed this would be the year that active stock pickers and mutual fund managers could choose their battles to generate alpha. However, the majority of active managers continued to underperform benchmark indices, bolstering the case for passive index-based exchange traded ...

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  • Stock ETFs Could Pull out of the Malaise

    02-02-2016 06:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the worst month of a new year since 2009 and an earnings recession, economic growth could support the equities market and stock exchange traded funds ahead. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard ...

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  • Major ETF Trends of 2015

    12-29-2015 06:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    After a Federal Reserve-induced multi-year rally in equities, exchange traded fund investors pulled out of U.S. stocks and shifted into international markets where people may still find more attractive valuations. For instance, the WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArc...

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  • Active Mutual Funds Continue to Fall Short of Indexing, ETFs

    12-29-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many expected this to be the year that active mutual fund managers would be able to pick and choose their battles and generate alpha for investors. However, active managers continued to underperform benchmarks, bolstering the case for low-cost, passive index-based exchange traded...

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  • ETF Investors: Are You Prepared for 2016?

    12-14-2015 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As we head toward the a new year, exchange traded fund investors should reflect on what has happened through a tumultuous year and plan for potential risks and opportunities ahead. On the upcoming webcast, The Big Picture: Year-End Review and 2016 Outlook, Ron Saba, senior man...

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  • The Bright Side of Rising Rates for Stock Market, ETFs

    11-23-2015 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the financial markets wait for the Federal Reserve to pull the trigger on an interest rate hike, stock exchange traded fund investors should be assuaged knowing that higher rates typically imply strengthening economic conditions. Last week, the S&P Composite 1500 gained...

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  • The Nuances of ETF Tax Consequences

    11-17-2015 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds have been lauded for their efficiency and tax benefits but that there are still some exceptions to the rule. ETFs are typically seen as more tax efficient than mutual funds due to their structure. Mutual fund managers may buy or sell components to take a ...

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  • A Look At October's Incredible Equity ETF Inflows

    11-02-2015 04:00 PM by Max Chen

    After the summer pullback, investors dived back into stock exchange traded funds over October, adding to the best monthly equity market rally in four years. U.S.-listed stock ETFs attracted more inflows over October than the rest of the year combined, reports Eric Balchunas fo...

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  • 2 Reasons To Be Skeptical Of Value ETFs Surge

    10-20-2015 03:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    Value stocks and related exchange traded funds have rebounded over the past month but the rally may not last. Over the past month, value stocks have outpaced the growth category. For instance, the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSEArca: IVE), Vanguard S&P 500 Value ETF (N...

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  • Play Your ETF Portfolio Like The Rich Do

    10-08-2015 05:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors should take note of affluent investor habits and common investment characteristics that help wealthy investors keep building their nest eggs. According to a recent SigFig study of 330,000 investors with total assets of about $147 billion, the wea...

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  • Active Mutual Fund Managers Can't Keep Up

    10-05-2015 11:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Actively managed mutual funds have been getting pummeled over the past few months, adding to the investment case for passively managed index-based investments and exchange traded funds as a better way to track the markets. According to a J.P. Morgan U.S. equity strategy note, ...

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  • Active Fund Aches: Are Passive ETFs More Profitable?

    09-14-2015 02:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    The majority of actively managed large-cap managers are underperforming the benchmark S&P 500, adding fuel to the benefits of passively managed, index-based exchange traded funds. As of June 30, 2015, the SPIVA, or S&P Indices Versus Active, U.S. Scorecard data reveals...

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  • Your S&P 500 ETFs Are Exposed To Currency Fluctuations

    08-20-2015 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the U.S. dollar strengthens against a basket of foreign currencies, large-cap companies and asset category-related exchange traded funds could be exposed to currency risks. According to S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P 500 companies generated 52.2% of their revenue in the...

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  • Despite Trading Near Highs, Stock ETF Valuations Aren't Expensive

    07-21-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities and stock-related exchange traded funds have bounced back, but investors should not be concerned about a bubbling market as valuations have fallen on an improving earnings outlook. Over the past week, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P...

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  • U.S. Stocks, ETFs Could Rebound on Improved Earnings

    07-08-2015 03:15 PM by Max Chen

    As the earnings season kicks off, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds could find second quarter results better than what many analysts have expected. For example, Bank of America Merrill Lynch argues that since oil prices and the U.S. dollar have been more stable over the se...

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  • U.S. Stocks, ETFs Can Still Push Higher in Rising Rate Environment

    06-23-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities market and stock exchange traded funds may still have legs, even if the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rose 3.0%, iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) gained 3.4% and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEAr...

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  • Why Index-Based ETFs Can Beat Active Funds

    06-16-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many active strategies have fallen short of their benchmarks and passive exchange traded funds over the years as simple and concise indexing rules help keep index-based strategies on track. Over the past five years, only 21% of active mutual funds have outperformed their bench...

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  • Theres $7.8 Trillion Benchmarked to the S&P 500

    06-04-2015 02:50 PM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500, the benchmark U.S. equity index, now has $7.8 trillion following it with $2.16 trillion of that coming by way of exchange traded funds, mutual funds and other investment products, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. Of the seven largest U.S.-listed ETFs, i...

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  • Dollar's Loss May Be Large-Cap ETFs' Gain

    05-07-2015 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the U.S. dollar pulling back, investors should take a second look at exchange traded funds that track larger U.S. companies with a greater international footprint. Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, JPMorgan Chase & Co.s chief U.S. equity strategist, argues that the dollar's weakn...

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  • Comparing Popular S&P 500 ETF Options

    03-20-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors have a number of options to track the S&P 500 Index, but each offering show small differences that can produce different results. For starters, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) is the largest ETF and the first U.S.-listed ETF to hit t...

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  • Where ETF Investors Have Been Putting All Their Money

    03-19-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry has quickly accumulated over $2 trillion in assets under management, with investors piling into cheap broad market, smart-beta and some sector fund options. The Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO) was the fastest-growing ETF over the three year...

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  • U.S. Equity ETFs Lead 2014 Inflows

    12-31-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Earlier this month, the U.S. exchange traded products hit a major milestone when combined assets uner management across exchange traded funds and notes topped $2 trillion. Through December 22nd, assets have increased 18% this year from $1.698 trillion to $2.007 trillion based ...

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  • ETFs to Play Macro Themes for 2015

    12-24-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds may continue their forward advance next year as the smart money remains largely bullish going in to the new year. Bank of America Merrill Lynch sees hedge funds as "trend bullish" on the equities market as large money managers that focus on stacks a...

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  • U.S. ETF Assets Hit $2 Trillion Milestone

    12-23-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Buoyed by strong inflows to equity and fixed income funds, the U.S. exchange traded products industry has hit another milestone, eclipsing $2 trillion in assets under management. Industry observers likely saw this landmark moment when November inflows data revealed that invest...

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  • S&P Says $781B in Global ETP Assets Track its Indices

    12-19-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the largest providers of indices for exchange traded funds, said assets under managements for global exchange traded products that track the companys benchmarks have reached a combined $781 billion. That is a 20% increase over 2013 and a 31% m...

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  • A Turkey Day Rally for ETFs

    11-26-2014 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Before setting off to enjoy the spoils of another Thanksgiving (family, feasting and football), exchange traded funds investors may want to consider doing some pre-Turkey Day shopping. Although U.S. stocks slightly backed off record highs Tuesday despite a surprise GDP report ...

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  • With Tax Time Nearing, Remember the Advantages of ETFs

    11-25-2014 12:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    One of the biggest trump cards exchange traded funds hold over their actively managed mutual fund rivals is tax efficiencies. Assuming a mutual fund manager can deliver winning stock picks, a dubious prospect considering recent data highlighting just poorly active managers far...

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  • Vanguard Extends Asset-Gathering Dominance

    11-07-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Vanguard, the third-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, is enjoying another stellar year of inflows as investors eschew high-fee, under-performing actively managed mutual funds in favor of lower cost, passively managed funds. Investors have sent a whopping $163.4 bil...

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  • Boom Goes the Dynamite? S&P 500 ETFs Violate 200-Day Line

    10-14-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Heading into Monday, the S&P 500 had tumbled 4% over the prior month, but despite those woes, the benchmark U.S. equity index did at least one thing to encourage the bulls: Honor its 200-day moving average. A streak of nearly two years worth of closes above the 200-day lin...

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  • A Solid Third Quarter for ETF Inflows

    09-24-2014 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    After today, there are just four trading days left in the third quarter, so there is no time like the present to examine quarterly flows trends into and out of exchange traded funds. Before getting to that, it must be pointed out that on a year-to-date basis, investors have re...

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  • ETFs: Tax Efficient and Cheap Investment Vehicles

    09-05-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Instead of watching costs eat away at a portfolio's overall returns, fund investors can cut down their fees and taxes through cheap and efficient exchange traded funds. Index-based ETFs passively track an underlying benchmark, and since there are no managers actively monitorin...

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  • Stock ETF Rally Could Find Help From Underperforming Active Funds

    09-05-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The majority of active large-cap funds have underperformed the broader market, but this may benefit the broad equities market and stock exchange traded funds as active managers try to play catch-up. Only 23% of large-cap mutual fund managers have outpaced the S&P 500 index...

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  • S&P 500s Race Above 2,000 Lifts Cash for its ETFs

    08-27-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500, the benchmark U.S. equity index, closed above 2,000 for the first time on Tuesday, about 16 and a half years after it first touched 1,000. With Tuesdays gain of 0.1%, the S&P 500 is up 1.1% over the past month, not a jaw-dropping performance but one that h...

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  • Investors Like Passive ETFs Over Active Funds

    08-21-2014 03:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    More investors want index-based investments and exchange traded funds, favoring passive fund products over actively managed strategies. Passively managed stock and bond funds attracted $336 billion in new inflows over 2013, beating out the $53 billion in new inflows traditiona...

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  • Despite Declines, S&P 500 ETFs Add Cash

    08-04-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 tumbled 2.6% last week in what was the worst weekly performance for the benchmark U.S. index since 2012 as Argentinas third sovereign debt default in less than 30 years and renewed fears about the health of Portugals banking system sent equities sliding. Weakne...

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  • Stock ETFs' Valuation Metrics Paint a Different Picture

    06-29-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With major benchmark indices hovering around all-time highs, equities and stock exchange traded funds might be peaking, according to Robert Shiller. Shiller, a Yale professor and Nobel laureate, is "definitely concerned" about the current stock market environment based on the ...

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  • Alibabas Availability for Big ETFs Limited by Exchange Choice

    06-26-2014 04:17 PM by Todd Shriber

    Even before its Thursday announcement that it will list its widely anticipated initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker BABA, Alibabas options for entry into some of the largest U.S. exchange traded funds were limited. As a foreign company, Aliba...

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  • Don't Let 2013 Deter You From Equity ETFs in 2014

    01-07-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After an impressive run, investors are growing wary about an overbought market. Nevertheless, stock exchange traded funds could still have some legs. U.S. price-to-earnings ratios jumped 19% last year, but expanding multiples have preceded broad stock market advances twice as ...

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  • Vanguard Raked in a Whole Lot of ETF Cash in 2013

    01-03-2014 01:23 PM by Todd Shriber

    Pennsylvania-based Vanguard, the third-largest U.S. ETF issuer, was the 2013 leader in terms of 2013 assets gained with $55 billion. The firm had $330.7 billion in ETF assets as of Jan. 2, $60 billion behind State Streets (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors and just over hal...

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  • Mind Your ETF Spread

    11-08-2013 03:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds, like stocks, trade throughout the day and their prices fluctuate between trading hours. Consequently, investors will have to mind the spread. The bid/ask spread, or simply the spread, is the difference between the bidding price and asking price of a secu...

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  • Cheap Fees, Tight Spreads Help Vanguard S&P 500 ETF

    10-01-2013 02:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    A Vanguard exchange traded fund is picking up interest as a low-cost fund option to track the S&P 500, with one wealth management firm also pointing to diminishing implicit costs associated to the bid-ask spread. Bestinvest is recommending its clients to take a look at the...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: S&P 500

    10-01-2013 01:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Recent options activity in the largest ETF in the U.S. landscape in terms of assets under management at $146 billion, SPY (SPDR S&P 500, Expense Ratio 0.09%) which has involved mostly notable upside year-end call buying gives us a quick opportunity to discuss S&P 500 Inde...

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  • ETF Developers Pause to Catch Breath

    08-16-2013 03:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry is moving through its adolescent growth spurt, but after pumping out almost 1,500 products, the industry is starting to slow down a bit. However, there are several sectors that continue to grow rapidly, such as bank loan ETFs and fundamentally we...

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  • In the Trenches of the ETF Fee War

    07-23-2013 11:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund fees are going lower as providers slash prices to gain market share. Low fees can help a fund outperform, but there are other factors to consider. Weve come to the point where the ETF industrys fee war is becoming inconsequential for investors. In the end,...

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  • S&P 500 ETF Nears $150 Billion as Assets Reach All-Time High

    07-17-2013 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the exchange traded fund universe experienced slight outflows in June, the industry is back on its annual record-setting pace so far in July, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) accruing almost $150 billion in assets under management. Attracting $10.3 billion s...

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  • A Closer Look at the Four Largest ETF Firms

    07-10-2013 11:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the United States there are about 40 exchange traded fund providers contributing to the industry. A look at the top four providers will give investors insight into their choices, as they account for about 87% of the ETF assets under management in the U.S. We believe some of...

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  • VelocityShares Launches Two Hedged Equity ETFs

    06-24-2013 03:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds now offer ways for investors to utilize institutional styled strategies to help ride changing market conditions. For instance, VelocityShares recently launched two new hedged-equity products that help mitigate market volatility. On Monday, the VelocitySha...

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  • U.S. ETFs Attract $53 Billion in First Quarter: Morningstar

    04-12-2013 01:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds have tallied another $50 billion growth spurt in the first quarter as broad stock indices strengthened and broke records. In March, investors funneled $16.9 billion into ETFs, lifting first-quarter total asset inflows to $53.1 billion, writes ...

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  • A Closer Look at Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF

    04-12-2013 06:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    High-yield investments options have been all the rage with many seeking bond alternatives to boost income needs. However, investors should not forget exchange traded funds that track well-established, solid dividend stocks. For example, the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (...

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  • Comparing Three S&P 500 ETFs

    03-20-2013 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track the S&P 500 theoretically seem like they would perform similarly, but small differences in framework have a large impact. Vanguard, State Street and BlackRock's iShares all have an ETF trading that tracks the same index, but with different res...

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  • Price Comparison Shopping with ETFs

    03-14-2013 08:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are aware of investing costs more than ever due to the recent exchange traded fund provider price wars. The lower the investment costs, the more capital that is preserved, which has brought expense ratios into focus. The expense ratio is a yearly fee charged to a fun...

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  • Stock Index ETFs: Dow Jones Industrial Average vs. S&P 500

    03-08-2013 11:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    With two major stock indices rising to uncharted territory, a lot of the market's attention has been focused on the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500, along with related exchange traded funds. We all know the indices by name, but what exactly are they? The major...

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  • ETF Fee War Carries On

    03-05-2013 12:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    There are dozens of different exchange traded fund providers vying for the attention of investors. Furthermore, brokerage firms are trying to attract ETF trading by offering free trades for in-house brokerage accounts and other incentives. Ultimately, investors win from this comp...

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  • What's Next in the ETF Fee War

    02-01-2013 11:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The low fees that exchange traded funds charge are a major reason the industry has seen $154 billion in inflows. Meanwhile, mutual funds have lost $119 billion in outflows over the same time period. The ongoing ETF price war has kept ETF industry fees low, as providers aim at ...

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  • SPDR S&P 500 Marks Two Decades of ETF Growth

    01-16-2013 12:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry is celebrating 20 years in business. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) is also hitting this milestone, as it was the first ETF to trade. SPY ended 2012 with $123 billion in assets, including nearly $16 billion in 2012 alone. Over 147 mi...

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  • A Closer Look at Three S&P 500 ETFs

    11-15-2012 06:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    When tracking the S&P 500, most exchange traded fund investors automatically fall back on the SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY), the largest and oldest ETF. Still, investors may choose to invest in other funds that track the S&P 500 as well. The SPDR's SPY tries to refl...

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  • Surveying S&P 500 Index ETFs

    08-08-2012 07:40 AM by Tom Lydon

    For many investors, the S&P 500 Index is used as a gauge for the overall market activity in any given trading day. Investors who are interested in tracking the broad markets have a few exchange traded fund options that provide exposure to the benchmark index. The three lar...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: S&P 500

    06-11-2012 11:49 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Last week, on a breakout week in terms of technical performance in the S&P 500 Index, we interestingly saw larger net outflows in SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY), totaling more than $1.1 billion. A lesser known, but still prominent ETF that tracks the same S&P 500 Ind...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Vanguard S&P 500

    04-03-2012 11:19 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Late last week we saw substantial creation activity in one of the newer ETFs that track the S&P 500 index, Vanguard S&P 500 (NYSEArca: VOO). Last Wednesday, more than 5 million shares of VOO exchanged hands, versus average daily volume of about 619,000 shares. More tha...

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  • Why More Money Managers are Using ETFs

    03-07-2012 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are widely used as efficient investment vehicles to capture specific or broad market moves. This aspect has not gone over the heads of money managers, who are including ETFs into their investment portfolios, even products created by their competitors, accord...

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  • Behind Vanguards ETF Success

    03-07-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite founder John Bogle's outspoken reservations against the exchange traded fund product, Vanguard has become the third largest ETF provider. Vanguard has $1.3 trillion in assets under management in index funds, with $170 billion in ETFs, report Alex Ulam and Olly Ludwig f...

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  • Vanguard, BlackRock Dominate ETFs in Retirement Plans: Report

    06-16-2011 08:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds from Vanguard and BlackRock dominate the list of top 20 ETFs by total distribution in the 401(k) and defined contribution business, according to a report this week. ETFs are off to a slow start in terms of their distribution in 401k plans but we expe...

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  • Vanguard's New S&P 500 ETF Takes on SPY

    09-09-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Leave it to Vanguard, one of the exchange traded fund (ETF) industry's low-price leaders, to take on the first and largest ETF in the world - the SDPRs (NYSEArca: SPY) - with its newest ETF. Vanguard launched nine brand-new ETFs this morning, but the one that's making the bigg...

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